St. Thomas celebrates grandparents

Generations converged at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School as students welcomed their grandparents Friday for Grandparents' Day. The day started with a Mass prepared by the first-graders. Everyone then enjoyed coffee and doughnuts together before students provided a program. Afterward, the grandparents visited classrooms, which hosted a variety of activities.

Unity planning summer school

Unity High School officials are looking into starting a summer school program.
Sixteen years ago, the school started a student assistance program for students struggling with their academics.
“Even after doing all that, we found some students are falling behind in credits,” Unity Principal Phil Morrison told the school board.

Read the full story in the April 6 County Star.

Four chosen for Hall of Fame

Four graduates of Unity High School have been chosen as the 14th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 14th class will include an investment advisor, a county auditor, a farmer and a music professor. In addition, military judge James Gardner, who was inducted into the 13th class but was unable to attend last year’s ceremony, will be honored.

Unity marks FFA Week

Unity High School’s FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 18 through 25.
The ag shop played host to a chicken wing lunch on Tuesday and a pork chop lunch on Thursday, both open to the public. The FFA members deliver meals to companies that help sponsor their test plots and other projects throughout the year.

Read the full story in the March 2 issue of The County Star.

Unity East using alternative seating

Some classrooms at Unity East Elementary School are trying out a new education trend: alternative seating.
Over the summer, Unity East second-grade teacher Casey Garrison obtained money to buy balance ball chairs through, a website that connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.

LeFaivre retains crown as St. Thomas School’s geography bee champ

Evan LeFaivre correctly answered a question about which Central American country borders Colombia to retain his crown as the champion of the National Geographic School Bee at St. Thomas Catholic School. (Answer: Panama)

Holiday cheer

Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy held a sing-along of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s songs last Wednesday afternoon.

New housing prompts questions

Unit 7 school district Superintendent Andy Larson said he has been receiving “a lot of calls” about development going on in the Fieldstone subdivision south of Airport Road.

Contest winners recognized

Three students from both Unit 7 elementary schools were honored last week for being among the grand prize winners in a Red Ribbon Week bookmark contest.
Unity East Elementary School kindergartner Adam Wolken was a first-place winner.
Kindergarten through fifth grade winners received brand new bicycles, bookmarks with their entry and a pizza party for their class.

Unity West holds Halloween parade

Unity West Elementary School held a Halloween costume parade on Oct. 31.

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